Alexandra Connor effortlessly evokes not only the drama and hardship of the 1930s and 1940s but also the gossip, warmth and camaraderie of the Salford backstreets of the time
A compelling and touching novel set in Salford in the tough years before and during World War II
Widowed Jacob Clark has been training his daughter Suzannah to take over his tailoring business, for Suzannah is the sensible one of the family, and she's happy with the unconventional role her father has found for her. Suzannah's also a beauty, and she's caught the eye of the most eligible of bachelors, Edward Lyle, the son of a powerful local politician who is horrified at the thought of being connected by marriage to such a lowly family. When Suzannah's brother Girton is taken in by the charms of scheming Rina Taylor, Suzannah is right to fear that chaos and scandal will follow, giving Noel Lyle the ammunition he needs to prise his son away from Suzannah... or so Noel thinks. But the two young people whose lives he is setting out to destroy are less malleable than he imagines...
Born in Lancashire and educated in Yorkshire, Alexandra Connor has had a rich variety of careers, including photographic model, cinema manager and PA to a world famous heart surgeon, but it is as a novelist that she has found her real forte. As well as writing over twenty acclaimed historical novels she has also written thrillers and non-fiction art books. When she isn't busy writing, Alexandra is a highly accomplished painter. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.